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Even though FCA US sold a mere 407 units in 2017, the 4C will be updated, not axed

ANALYSIS - Future Alfa Romeo models

22 Jan 18 | Glenn Brooks

FCA is the latest OEM to have its current and future models put under the microscope for examination. The first brands in this series were Fiat and Abarth, followed by Chrysler, Dodge and Ram. Features on Jeep, Maserati and Ferrari are still to come.


Back in the game - Ford

Eyes on Detroit - the week

19 Jan 18 | Graeme Roberts

Our analysis of future Fiat and Abarth models was the most popular article on just-auto this week, followed closely by the Detroit revelation of Ford's long awaited, revived US market Ranger, now a mid-size pickup rather than its predecessor's 'small'. Ford has adapted the Australian-designed (so its local unit claims) model built mostly for other markets in Thailand and South Africa, rather than going it alone as it did for the last Ranger. Compare the latest Ranger with its ancestor, the late 1970s Courier, a rebadged Mazda B-series, and you can see how much these once-small trucks have grown over the generations.


Hands-On Tech - Kia Rio

19 Jan 18 | Cat Dow

Welcome to the third feature in our newest reporting series*. Our Hands-On Tech, or HOT, Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. This month we take a closer look at the Kia Rio, with a grade 3 trim spec. It’s the first car in our series to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so we’ve also included an in-depth review of these applications.


Bence Varga, Head of European Sales, AImotive

CES - AImotive and their vision first approach to autonomous

19 Jan 18 | Calum MacRae

AImotive is a Hungary-based AI expert that hopes to bring autonomous driving to the masses. Its technology is based on a "vision first" approach. In early January 2018 it raised US$38m in a Series C funding round. At the 2018 CES, just-auto's Calum MacRae chatted to Bence Varga, AImotive's Head of European Sales.


Latest RS 3 Sportback has 400PS

Audi RS 3 Sportback - is 400 horsepower enough?

19 Jan 18 | Glenn Brooks

Did anyone really think the 367PS pre-facelift RS 3 Sportback lacked power? Clearly, some did. Or perhaps Audi felt the need to trump the 381PS of the Mercedes-AMG A 45. So it gave the RS 3 another 33PS. Four hundred horsepower certainly does have a nice ring to it.


4,700mm long compared to 4,485mm Tiguan

ANALYSIS - Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

18 Jan 18 | Glenn Brooks

The latest Tiguan has been available since 2016. Now comes the extended wheelbase seven-seater, which has more differences compared to the standard model than had been expected.


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Toyota Europe confirms French plant expansion

22 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has confirmed it would spend a further EUR300m at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) car plant in Valenciennes, bringing total cumulative investment to EUR1.4bn.


Unite to request UK government meeting on Vauxhall

22 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

British labour body, Unite says it will ask for a meeting with UK Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clark "as soon as possible" despite saying it was reassured by noises from PSA concerning the future of its Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port in North West England.


GKN issues rosy edrive forecast as it battles Melrose bid

22 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

GKN is forecasting sales growth from GBP33m (US$46m) to GBP500m by 2022 as it looks to battle a bid from manufacturing investor, Melrose.


Jaguar Land Rover cuts planned production for Q2

22 Jan 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning to reduce production at its Halewood plant in the second quarter of this calendar year. It says the reduction is temporary and designed to rebalance the supply of Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque models given market conditions and expected demand.


Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant 'needs new model'

22 Jan 2018 | Dave Leggett

Recent remarks from PSA chief Carlos Tavares suggest that the Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant faces a big efficiency challenge to become as competitive as other manufacturing plants with the PSA Group.


China to cut new-energy car subsidies in Q2

22 Jan 2018 | Tony Pugliese

The Chinese government plans to significantly cut subsidies for new energy vehicles this year and phase them out altogether by 2020, according to local reports quoting government officials.

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